Light and bright €895k Rathgar Victorian red-brick has original period features
A Victorian red-brick that is punctuated with period features
On a sunny evening in late spring, the residents of D6 are out jogging and walking their dogs, throwing balls and swinging rackets. They're a healthy bunch, it would appear, enjoying the fresh air.
Waverley Terrace is the continuation of the north side of Kenilworth Square, just before it intersects with the Harold's Cross Road.
The houses on the square are an attractive hotchpotch of different architectural styles, including some very large, smart properties that were refurbished during the boom, and a few that still await the magic dust of renovation.
The square is owned by St Mary's College, and laid out in rugby playing fields. Controversially, some years back, the residents of the square lost a case to grant them a right of way or access to the grounds, and so they remain the preserve of sporting schoolboys.
No 1 Waverley Terrace is a recent restoration of a three-bedroom Victorian red-brick house, located just a couple of miles from St Stephen's Green.
It will be of interest both to young families with parents working in the city centre, who don't want to waste years of their lives commuting, and to empty-nesters downsizing from larger homes in the area.
Set back behind wrought iron railings and a front garden in lawn, the house has a mint green front door featuring unusual and intricate decorative wrought ironwork overlaying the glass panels.
The entrance hall is elegant without being over-done, showcasing the proportions that make houses of this era so desirable - substantial yet manageable for modern living.
The original period features - cornicing, centre roses, architraves and picture rails - remain in situ here and are largely intact throughout the property.
Decorated in pale complementary shades, with polished timber floors, there is a sense of light and brightness.
To the right of the hall, overlooking the front garden through a pair of sash windows, is the drawing room, which features a black marble fireplace with cast-iron horseshoe inset and tiled hearth. The window shutters are in working order.
Also off the hall, directly behind the drawing room, is the less formal family room, which doubles up as a playroom for the current owners.
This room also has a marble fireplace, with shelving either side, and has been fitted with a gas fire. It would have been the original dining room of the house, and new owners may wish to return it to this purpose. There is a guest lavatory on the ground floor.
The kitchen is down a few steps and fitted with integrated De Dietrich and Zanussi appliances. Both the kitchen and the adjacent dining area have tiled floors, and the latter leads via an arch to the sunroom which, in turn, leads to the back garden.
There's a utility room too, and there would be scope for new owners to perhaps open out these rooms more and establish a greater link with the garden.
Upstairs, what is described as bedroom three is located above the kitchen and dining room on the return, and overlooks the back garden. An L-shaped room, the bedroom retains its original cast iron fireplace and tiled hearth, and has fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom, recently upgraded and with a Jacuzzi bath and power shower, is also on the return.
On the first floor, the master bedroom is a large and gracious room that spans the width of the house, overlooking the front garden and the road. It has been tastefully decorated and retains its period features, including a marble fireplace fitted with coal effect fire, as well as smart fitted wardrobes. The second bedroom is another double, and overlooks the back garden.
The granite-walled garden is town-sized - big enough to enjoy, yet small enough not to be a hassle in terms of maintenance - and the patio area has Liscannor paving.
The immediate area is well served with tennis and cricket clubs, and the swimming pool in Rathmines is popular with families and dedicated swimmers.
There is a good choice of schools, both primary and secondary, with Rathgar Junior School, Sandford Park, Alexandra College, Terenure College, St Louis and St Mary's all within easy reach.
New owners will be able to do their shopping in the villages of Rathmines, Rathgar or Terenure, in all of which there are good local restaurants and some interesting specialist shops.
Rathgar has Bijou and the ever popular Howard's Way, as well as a branch of the trendy Organic Supermarket, while just up the road, Terenure's Green Man Wines has a new wine bar that is D6's answer to 64 Wines in Glasthule and has been embraced wholeheartedly by the locals. The Mayfield deli and restaurant is another busy spot.
The property is on the market with Lisney estate agency, priced €895,000.
1 Waverley Terrace, Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Asking price: €895,000
Agent: Lisney (01) 4924670